05092017CM0307PLAINFIELD- State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is disappointed in the U.S. Senate’s approval of President Trump’s changes to the federal tax code that will hurt families across the 49th State Senate District.

The plan would benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Illinois families. It is projected to increase the federal deficit anywhere from $1 to $1.78 trillion, according to figures released by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

“Under Trump’s tax plan, hardworking families across our district will be forced to pay more in order to give extravagant tax breaks to corporate businesses and the one percent.” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The enormous deficit generated by Trump’s outrageous tax cuts will not grow the economy at a pace that justifies the costs. I urge the federal government to not to give corporate businesses handouts on the backs of Illinois taxpayers.”   

Trump’s plan eliminates tax credits and benefits that help families across Illinois. For example, under current law, taxpayers can deduct their state income taxes and local property taxes. This deduction prevents families from being double taxed, once by the federal government and again by the state.

Last year, nearly 2 million Illinoisans – roughly one-third of all taxpayers in the state – claimed more than $24 billion in state and local tax deductions.

“Illinoisans rely on these essential tax deductions to avoid being double taxed,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to stand up for working class families in our great state and oppose proposals that tax residents unfairly.”

The plan also eliminates the Disabled Access tax credit, which gives small businesses a credit toward the cost of any accommodations it makes for disabled workers under the Americans with Disability Act, and the Work Opportunity tax credit, which provides a tax credit for businesses that employ veterans and disabled people.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Illinois’ economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Right now we should be looking for ways to encourage and support small and medium sized businesses to expand and hire our veterans and disabled workers. Trump’s plan will hinder economic growth in our state and hurt employment opportunities for our veterans and vulnerable populations.”

Bertino-Tarrant serves as the Chairwoman of the Senate’s Committee on Education. She has launched a series of hearings throughout the state to investigate and propose solutions to end the state teacher shortage.

Trump’s tax plan would eliminate a $250 tax credit for classroom supplies. This credit helps teachers tremendously; a 2013 study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that 99.5 percent of teachers use their own money on school supplies, spending $485 on average in one school year.

Bertino-Tarrant believes the tax credit serves as a token of appreciation for our teachers who work every day to educate Illinois’ children.

“Every year our teachers spend more of their paychecks to educate our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We should be looking at ways to make sure our teachers feel appreciated and supported by the state and federal government. The actions taken by the House and Senate are counterproductive and thoughtless.”

Bertino-Tarrant supports policies that encourage economic development, protect working class families and helps promote strong education for Illinois’ children.  

The plan now goes to a Congressional conference committee. Bertino-Tarrant urges the U.S. Congressional delegation to reconsider their support and to vote against this proposal.

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